Top 10 Censored Stories of 2003

Important news ignored or under-reported by the mainstream press


| January / February 2004


The Bush administration's plans for global domination top this year's list of stories overlooked or under-reported by the major media outlets. The Top 10 Censored Stories, compiled each year by faculty members and students at Sonoma State University in California, features plenty of Bush-related horrors but also highlights union-busting efforts, increasing corporate control of the Internet, and new colonialism in Africa.

1 Bush Insiders Plan for a New American Empire
An obscure think tank called the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), founded in the early '90s by Reagan-era hawks such as William Kristol, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle, served as the incubator for George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, according to reports by Harper's, Mother Jones, and British journalist John Pilger. Among the goals of the PNAC are permanent U.S. military dominance in the world and control of world markets -- particularly the oil market. To this end, the hawks had targeted oil-rich Iraq for "regime change" long before last year's debate on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction.